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Processed foods can trigger overeating

Research states that processed foods contain unusually high concentrations of fats and sugars. As a result, it can cause some people to become addicted to them.

Processed foods high in sugar, fat, or salt trigger the release of "feel-good" brain chemicals. When some people feel those rewards of pleasure, they will desire more of that particular food and eventually lose control over their eating behaviour, inevitably leading to weight gain and increased health risks.

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Compulsive overeating

Behaviours and patterns associated with compulsive eating include food cravings, loss of self-control, continued overeating and failed attempts to stop the behaviour pattern.

Some people compulsively eat specific foods, such as highly processed foods full of carbohydrates and fats.

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Some refer to regular overeating of processed foods as food addiction.

However, researchers point out several contradictions.

  • Healthy people can also self-identify as food addicts.
  • Those who consider themselves food addicts often say that processed food with a high glycemic index is a trigger, yet foods like carrots also have a high glycemic index and are not addictive.
  • Food and weight issues predate processed foods.

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Reward Response

For many people eating a little sugar stimulates a craving for more. Sugar can lead to intense feelings of hunger.

Sugar has addiction-like effects in the reward center of the brain, causing a loss of self-control, overeating and weight gain.

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Excessive Sugar Intake

The excessive consumption of sugar is linked to an increased risk of poor health outcomes such as:

  • heart diseases;
  • type 2 diabetes;
  • weight gain;
  • higher blood pressure;
  • inflammation and many more.

It's not recommended to consume sugar that is more than ten percent of your daily calories from added sugar.

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Processed Foods: Origins
  • 400,000 years ago, man decided to cook meat on fire, and the first ‘processed’ food was consumed.
  • Agriculture started about 15,000 years ago and gave way to fermentation of alcohol and dairy products, baking, and preservation of meat by salt or brining.
  • Food processing has been important for keeping food edible for long, and to create new flavours.

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